85 - A conversation with Kevin Hawkins and Amy Burke founders of MindWell Education mindwell-education.com
Kevin and Amy share their work with MindWell Education, supporting educators and schools around the world with developing well-being. We explore Kevin and Amy's experiences with social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education. What are the opportunities and challenges in supporting educators in an international school context?
About Kevin Hawkins
Kevin has worked with adolescents and young people in various contexts for over 40 years - as a teacher, school head, and social worker in the UK, Africa, and Europe.
He currently lives in Valencia, Spain and was previously in the Czech Republic where for 10 years he was Middle School Principal at the International School of Prague. Kevin trained in mindfulness in Europe and the USA and he has taught mindfulness to students, teachers and parents since 2008.
In 2012 he co-founded MindWell, which supports educational communities around the world in developing wellbeing through mindfulness and social-emotional learning. Kevin is a Senior Trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK) and a facilitator of the evidence-based CARE program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Educators).
He is a regular speaker, writer and presenter on the topics of wellbeing, leadership, mindfulness and social and emotional learning in education. His first book, Mindful Teacher, Mindful School: Improving wellbeing in teaching and learning, was published by SAGE in July 2017. He has recently published his second book, The Mindful Teacher's Toolkit: Awareness-based wellbeing in schools also for SAGE/Corwin co-authored with Amy Burke which was published in 2021.
Kevin Hawkins on social media
About Amy Burke
Amy is an educational consultant who spent 15 years as a high school teacher and guidance counsellor in Canada and The Netherlands.
She holds a Masters Degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University and in 2012 co-founded MindWell whose aim is to support educational communities in fostering wellbeing through mindfulness and social-emotional learning.
She is a lead teacher trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK) and is also a facilitator for the CARE program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Educators) from the Garrison Institute (USA). Amy is also a Mentor and Staff member for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme, UK) and has recently published The Mindful Teacher's Toolkit: Awareness-based wellbeing in schools co-authored with Kevin Hawkins (2021 SAGE/Corwin ).
Amy works internationally in schools and universities providing workshops and retreats for educators, students and parents with a focus on self-care and stress management.
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Linked In: linkedin.com/in/amyburke4
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